Faculty Senate discusses tenure revision

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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During the University of Iowa’s Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday, officials discussed revisions to the Tenure-Clock Extension Policy.

The Faculty Council made suggestions to changes proposed Aug. 30 in a Faculty Council meeting, and the most revised edition was brought to the Faculty Senate’s attention.

Associate Provost Tom Rice said the revisions were necessary because of an issue in the past, in which the policy was deemed unclear.

While Rice made an effort to make this policy more concise in the most recent revision, the Faculty Senate still posed questions on its wording and its ability for all staff to be able to comprehend these changes.

After a long discussion, Faculty Senate President Richard Fumerton called for a motion to approve the Tenure-Clock Extension Policy, excluding the second paragraph, which previously stated “notification that a faculty member qualifies for an automatic extension shall be initiated by the faculty member.”

The highlighted paragraph will be looked at carefully by Rice and the Faculty Senate officers and will be brought up again at the next Faculty Council meeting, Oct. 4.

— by Jordyn Reiland

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